My Tuscany travel outfits - une femme d'un certain âge

Out and about in Tuscany

Susan B in Tuscany with gold vineyards in background. Travel outfit for a day of wine tasting.

We’re on the last leg of the Italy portion of our trip, and have just spent 3 days in Tuscany. I wish it had been more! The countryside is so beautiful, and there’s so much to see. Here are a few of my travel outfits from Tuscany.

Above: scarf | jacket | sweater | jeans | bag | boots (similar)

I wore this for a day of wine tasting in Montalcino and Montepulciano (where this photo was taken). It almost looks as though I’m standing in front of a painted backdrop, but that really was the view from there! 😍

My Tuscany travel outfits

We’ve now been in Italy for a little over 2 weeks, and so far my travel wardrobe has worked out well! I’ve worn almost everything at least once. My choices have been weather- and venue-appropriate. The weather has been mostly cool and mild, and is beginning to turn chilly.

Click here to see what I wore in Milan & Piedmont.

Click here for Piedmont and Bologna travel outfits.

Susan B. in an Italy travel outfit for dinner at the hotel.

necklace | sweater | pants | boots (similar)

In Tuscany, we stayed at a borgo WAAYYY out in the countryside, so had breakfasts and dinners at the hotel. I wore this to dinner one of the nights.

Susan B. wears a Weekend Max Mara jacket, ivory sweater and jeans, in front of a Tuscan villa.

jacket (similar) | sweater | jeans (similar) | boots (similar)

So, I may have done a little shopping back in Bologna. 😉 This jacket is from Weekend Max Mara and is one of two I purchased there. It’s a lighter weight wool, perfect for our climate back home. But I couldn’t wait to wear it…

You can also find a selection of Weekend Max Mara pieces online at Bloomingdales and Matchesfashion. This is the MM “bridge” line, priced in between Max Mara (designer) and Max & Co (high street). They have a lot of really nice, wearable pieces this season!

Click here for more plaid jackets

More adventures from Italy…

Here are a couple of Instagram “slideshows” sharing a little more of what we’ve been up to in Florence and Tuscany. Click the small arrow or swipe to see more images in each set.

By the next post, we’ll be in Paris!!!

Stay in touch.

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  1. Val
    October 25, 2021 / 4:13 am

    Love your new jacket…so classy !

  2. Julie
    October 25, 2021 / 5:04 am

    What a lovely trip!
    Would you consider sharing your itinerary to include accomodations, restaurants and routing?
    Id love a trip to Italy but find the planning and logistics a little daunting.
    Enjoy. The wardrobe is quite nice as well.

  3. Julie
    October 25, 2021 / 5:05 am

    What a lovely trip!
    Would you consider sharing your itinerary to include accommodations and routing?
    Id love a trip to Italy but find the planning and logistics a little daunting.
    Enjoy. The wardrobe is quite nice as well.

    • Susan Blakey
      October 25, 2021 / 5:16 am

      Yes, once we’re back I’ll post recaps of our activities and accommodations.

  4. Kelly
    October 25, 2021 / 5:40 am

    Those backgrounds on every picture are so beautiful! Love your wardrobe choices, especially the new blazer. Thanks for taking the time to post all your outfits. I own that off-white Uniqlo jacket and it is so versatile and attractive. It’s not only good alone but I love to use it as a liner under a raincoat or winter coat on really chilly days.

  5. October 25, 2021 / 5:43 am

    We went to Austria 20+ years ago (I can’t believe it’s been that long) and decided to take the train to Italy and not get off till it stopped looking like Austria. Well, that was quite a while, and we finally got to Verona, got off… and there were no trains going back till the next day. We did not have a phrase book with us and my Italian is limited to operatic arias, so walking around saying, “Una voce poco fa” or “Amarilli, mia bella” would not get me too far. I found that in German-speaking and even French-speaking countries, we could find people who spoke English, but in Verona, we were kinda stuck (I have a very funny story about trying to buy contact lens solution, but I’ll keep this short). Do you speak any Italian? If not, were you able to get by?

    • Mary
      October 25, 2021 / 6:22 am

      We have been to Italy several times and speak only limited Italian (really limited–where is the bathroom, one cappuccino–that sort of thing). For the most part, we have found people speak or read English. But we had a tire puncture and the rental car company sent a repair fellow who spoke no English. Google Translate to the rescue! (My husband had used this in his pediatric practice when some Chinese patients had arrived without their translator. I’m not sure we’d have thought of it otherwise.)

    • Lagatta de Montréal
      October 26, 2021 / 7:34 am

      It is true that if you’re in Trentino Alto-Adige, it looks very Austrian… I speak fluent Italian, and obviously also French and English – glad you were able to manage somehow.

  6. SuD
    October 25, 2021 / 5:46 am

    Beautiful photos!

  7. Donna
    October 25, 2021 / 6:00 am

    Gorgeous photos! You look like you’re in the middle of a postcard! What views! And that smile on your face says it all.

    Thank you for posting travel wardrobe – always helpful and appreciated!

  8. Carol Montanti
    October 25, 2021 / 7:23 am

    We were in Montepulciano for a week several years ago and our photos always looked like we were standing in front of a painting or on a movie set!! When we showed our photos to people we’d always say But it really looks like that!! Such amazing light and scenery!

  9. Alicia
    October 25, 2021 / 7:35 am

    Love your wardrobe! Could you share the size of your T-shirt from Do the sizes fit small as the size indicator is telling me to get a Large but I never buy large. Much appreciated. I would love it if you shared your itinerary, accommodations etc. thank you!

    • Susan Blakey
      October 25, 2021 / 7:38 am

      Thanks, Alicia! I’m wearing the S in the Amour Vert tee.

  10. Cindylou
    October 25, 2021 / 7:44 am

    Beautiful pictures. Great outfits. When we were driving through Tuscany 18 years ago with our teenage children and artist friend the views of the countryside sky and sunsets were so beautiful we kept exclaiming “do you think this is what inspired the Renaissance artists?” It became a running refrain and whenever we talk about the trip we say it again and laugh.

  11. Francesca B.
    October 25, 2021 / 8:08 am

    Just lovely to hear about your trip and see the incredible pictures. Thank you for sharing and enjoy !! I love the Max Mara jacket and the animal print scarf and white jacket combo.

  12. Lyn
    October 25, 2021 / 8:36 am

    Those Uniqlo jackets are workhorses! They pack so small, there is no reason not to take them every trip. And if the temperature drops unexpectedly, just layer it under a light-weight wind shell and you are good to go. I love the animal print scarf with it.

    Can’t wait to hear your post-trip packing evaluation. I think it’s my favorite part of your travel posts. There are always surprises and mistakes. On my last trip, where it was much hotter than I expected, I yearned for the thin cotton shirt I held in my hands but didn’t pack. I would have worn it every day.

  13. Mary Alice
    October 25, 2021 / 9:13 am

    I am trying to enjoy your beautiful photos, but the pop up ads are making it impossible. One from Nordstrom popped up covering 1/3 of the picture and no matter what I do, I can’t close it down.

    • Susan Blakey
      October 25, 2021 / 9:16 am

      Hi Mary Alice, I haven’t authorized any popup ads on my site, and I’m not seeing them. If you can click on the “report this ad” option at the bottom, I’d appreciate it. Thanks!

      • Mary Alice
        October 27, 2021 / 8:53 am

        will do! enjoy your trip!

  14. Cindy
    October 25, 2021 / 9:44 am

    My sister and I are planning a trip to Italy in late May . Do you have suggestions for travel wardrobe for that time of year.
    My husband and I went with GET tours to Italy 6 years in October. It rained 11 of the 14 days and it still was a wonderful time!! I’m excited to be going back!! Thank you for sharing your post! Scenery and clothes but beautiful!!

  15. Lisa Bruzzese
    October 25, 2021 / 1:26 pm

    Love the Max Mara jacket. Planning a trip to Rome and Florence next month and would love to pick up that jacket. I looked at the size recommendations for my size and they recommended a size 8. I’m usually one size larger than you. Would you mind sharing what size you purchased? Love your outfits and so glad you’re having a good time.

    • Susan Blakey
      October 25, 2021 / 8:30 pm

      Hi Lisa, thanks! I’m wearing US size 4.

      • Lisa B
        October 26, 2021 / 6:38 am


  16. Lauren
    October 25, 2021 / 4:15 pm

    Clicked on both your Macy’s and Bloomingdales links for Max Mara…..neither return anything……do not admit to carrying any Max Mara. Are the links and oops or is there another source?

    • Susan Blakey
      October 25, 2021 / 8:34 pm

      Hi Lauren, the Bloomingdale’s link works for me, but Macy’s no longer does (they did have inventory as of yesterday, seems to be gone now).

  17. Maria
    October 26, 2021 / 8:37 am

    You’re travel wardrobe is delightful and your new WMM blazer is stunning. I love the colour and the plaid pattern. The way the pattern on the front lines up with the pattern on the sleeves is a sign of a well-made garment. How wonderful that Paris is the next stop. I eagerly await your photos of the fashion you’ll be seeing on the streets and perhaps there’ll be a few more purchases to share.

  18. Cindy
    October 26, 2021 / 10:12 am

    Could you recommend a travel wardrobe for Italy in Late Spring? I am going on a GET tours trip for 13 days end of May. It’s so hard to pack when you never know if it’s going to be hot or cold or both! The last trip I took I packed way too much and didn’t wear most of what I packed. That is an iffy time of year to travel in Italy. What do you recommend?

    • Susan Blakey
      October 26, 2021 / 10:00 pm

      Hi Cindy, it’s tough to provide recommendations without more specific information (regions, activities) but you might want to check out my Travel Wardrobe Resource hub HERE for ideas. You can filter by season to narrow down the articles.

      • Cindy
        October 27, 2021 / 9:55 am

        Thank you!

  19. October 26, 2021 / 1:56 pm

    It worries me that you have not authorized pop-up ads, because that means that your website creators and/or providers are potentially reaping the rewards inherent in these ads, which proliferate on this site. I personally turn off Java so as to read content/see images without ads, but most people are not going to know how to do that (and it’s a chore). I would suggest talking to the people in charge of your site to see what’s going on. Also, log on to your site from an unrecognized computer so that you can see what your user sees. xx

    • Susan Blakey
      October 26, 2021 / 9:55 pm

      Hi Alison, I’ve authorized some ads (a few within content between paragraphs, and a bar along the bottom that can be closed by clicking on the X). There should be nothing that covers any images or content.

  20. October 29, 2021 / 11:59 am

    I have commented on IG on most outfits, but I didn’t see the black pants. Great pants.

  21. Lee Rosenthall
    October 29, 2021 / 2:16 pm

    Thank you for allowing us to travel along with you on this delightful, dream holiday. The photos are magnificent, and I love all your wardrobe choices (and purchases).

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